A boil water alert has been issued in Hood River after E. coli was found in the water supply.
The Hood River County Environmental Health Department said the bacteria was found in water samples taken on Monday and reported Wednesday.
The water is from the Oak Grove Water Company and affects customers in an area near the Hood River Golf Course, according to a map on the county's website.
The health department said all water used within the service area must be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute and then cooled before it can be used. That includes for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.
Any water used for ice or beverages made with tap water after Monday Nov. 26 should be thrown out.
Water infected with E. coli can cause stomach illnesses and headaches. It also poses a significant health risk for infants and children, as well as anyone with severely compromised immune systems.
The health department said bacterial contamination can occur when increased runoff enters the drinking water source, such as after heavy rains.
It can also happen because of a break in the pipes.
It's not clear yet what the cause of the bacteria was in this case or when the boil water alert will be lifted.
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